Marcus Flowers, the Democratic challenger for the seat held by U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, has more than doubled the incumbent’s fundraising in the first three months of 2022.
Greene, who represents Northwest Georgia, has even more cash — more than $3 million compared to Flowers’ roughly $1.9 million. In total, Greene raised $8.4 million compared to nearly $7.1 million raised by Flowers.
In the last financial statement filed with the Federal Election Commission ahead of the May 24 primary, Flowers said it raised about $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2022, while Greene raised about $1 million. The primary election will be on May 24 and the general election will be on November 8.
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Georgia’s 14th congressional district includes the northwest corner of the state, including Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Paulding counties, and since redistricting, a section of Cobb County.
Flowers has a significant fundraising lead over the other two Democratic challengers, Holly McCormack and Wendy Davis. Greene also faces six opponents in the Republican primary: Mark Clay, Eric Cunningham, James Haygood, Charles Lutin, Jennifer Strahan and Seth Synstelien.
“MP Greene has a lot more money on hand than anyone else in the race with 10 times more money than her nearest main challenger,” Nick Dyer, a Greene campaign representative, said in a statement. E-mail. “Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans made small dollar donations to ensure MTG was sent back to Washington to fight for their values.”
In 2020, Greene won the contest with 74.7% of the vote after his Democratic opponent withdrew from the race. Georgia Democrats have rarely fielded an opponent for the dark red district, and a contested Democratic primary is also rare.
Strahan leads the Republican challengers in fundraising with $322,625 this quarter, with $157,549 in the bank. Haygood and Synstelien filed their first fundraising reports this quarter. Synstelien raised $9,038 and had $6,812 in the bank, while Haygood raised $11,430 and ended up with $1,045 this quarter. Neither Lutin, Cunningham nor Clay filed FEC reports for this quarter.
Among Democrats, McCormack raised $1.7 million and has $84,762 in cash, while Davis raised $456,212 with $101,320 in the bank.
Neither Flowers nor Strahan could be reached for comment.
McCormack said she was a mother who worked as a life insurance broker, helping clients with claims.
“They [voters] crave rep to knock down ego driven things, they want good rep; someone who will actually speak for them, not [seeking a] national way that we have right now that doesn’t do any work,” McCormack said.
McCormack acknowledged the race’s national exposure and said it was fun, challenging and a good opportunity to bring more attention to Northwest Georgia — a part of the state that is sometimes overlooked.
While talking to voters, affordable health care, veterans issues, lack of broadband internet and affordable child care were frequent topics. As a working mother, McCormack said she feels the childcare problem personally, calling Northwest Georgia a “childcare wasteland.”
She said she’s seen a pattern in what voters ask of a congressman.
“These are the same kitchen table issues we all have, and it’s not party specific,” McCormack said. “We all want to provide for our families, to have opportunities, to be able to go to the doctor, to keep food on the table and to have a roof over our children’s heads.”
What sets McCormack apart from the rest of the Democratic candidates, she said, is that she was raised in the community and experiences the same struggles as all workers in northwest Georgia. Glad there is competition in the Democratic primary, she said she didn’t want to “poke fun” and criticize Flowers, who is significantly leading the fundraiser.
Davis said she’s also heard from voters saying they thought they weren’t getting good representation and were struggling with the effects of inflation, a sluggish economy and expensive housing. . When it comes to housing, Davis said one of his proudest accomplishments with the Rome City Commission was bringing stakeholders together to incentivize developers to build lower-cost homes and rentals. .
“That’s what we need most in Congress: problem solving,” Davis said.
Many people think Congress is all about voting, but Davis said she wants to help voters access federal benefits, grant writing, job training dollars, Alumni Administration benefits. combatants and services such as domestic violence support.
“What I hope is the hallmark of my service as a congressman is that we get as many dollars as possible that have been earmarked for the district and actually do the job that they were supposed to. do,” Davis said.
Flowers and McCormack are new to politics, while Davis said she has eight years experience on the Rome City Commission. Davis added that she also has roots in the community that go back five generations.
Only 4% of Flowers’ fundraising comes from Georgia, Davis said, while the majority of Davis’ funds come from the state. She said she made a conscious choice to focus on fundraising for Georgians, avoiding fearmongering and name-calling with Greene, which she says would have raised a lot more money.
As the daughter of a World War II veteran, she said she saw how difficult it was for her father to get the help he needed. If elected, she said her top priority would be to help veterans, saying the Veterans Administration has long been a problem.
“Government isn’t the answer to all our problems, but in my mind government should work,” Davis said. “Again, we’re all human and every human system is going to have gaps and problems, but my job would be to fill those gaps and fix those problems.”